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Government are misusing statistics to play down the winter crisis

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Following a series of misleading statements in public fora, it appears that Theresa May's government are misusing official statistics in order to play down the NHS winter crisis. This includes: Theresa May comparing the NHS in England and in Wales by using incompatible statistics which favoured England, when in fact Wales had the more favourable results. Health Minister Philip Dunne …

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Increase in mental health detentions shows grim reality of funding cuts

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The National Health Action Party notes with dismay the CQC report on mental health care, which shows a 40% increase in detentions under the Mental Health Act in the decade up to 2015/16. The reasons given in the CQC report are deemed “complex” and essentially show that NHS mental health services are suffering from the same crisis as other parts of the health service. …

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NHS England must learn from the Carillion disaster

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The NHA Party has previously warned of the risks that private providers will either fail or will back out of unprofitable contracts, as Circle Health did once the CQC found care was 'inadequate' at Hinchingbrooke Hospital after the firm took over. In particular, the NHAspace blog noted in 2015 that: "...private firms are in many cases owned by hedge funds who make …

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NHA welcomes pause in roll-out of privatised NHS GP app

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The NHA Party welcomes news today that the roll-out of a mobile app offering privatised GP care to NHS patients has been paused, pending proper investigation of the effects on patient safety and quality of care. The NHA Party previously voiced concerns over the actual value of mobile apps from Babylon Healthcare, given their track record of excluding patients with …

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Jeremy Hunt’s apology is meaningless and hollow

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has today apologised after tens of thousands of patients in England have had their surgery cancelled due to a shortage of NHS beds. Unfortunately the Health Secretary has not accepted responsibility for the situation, instead claiming that plans to cancel elective care and lower standards of emergency care somehow equate to being prepared for the predictable winter pressures. As the …

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We need common sense on hospital parking

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With the support of Lord Robert Winston, the Daily Mirror are calling for free hospital parking. While this is a laudable campaign, the NHA Party are keen that an evidence-based approach is followed and sweeping changes aren't made for the sake of grabbing headlines. Why not make all hospital parking free? First of all, social inequalities mean that the least …

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Suspending elective care this winter won’t solve the beds problem

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NHS England has taken the unprecedented step of suspending non-urgent inpatient care until mid-January in order to cope with winter bed pressures. This relates to a peak in emergency admissions leading to a lack of available beds for patients staying overnight after planned, non-urgent procedures such as joint replacement surgery. This means around 15,000 operations are now being cancelled and rebooked. …

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